New device stimulates the brain to prevent seizures
At Toronto’s University Health Network – one of more than 25 organizations involved in the pan-Ontario Epilepsy Discovery Project – researchers are developing a wireless, implantable device that can predict and prevent seizures. Continue reading “Integrating Discovery”
New software could change the way we assess and treat ADHD
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and IntelliGym Therapeutics have teamed up to turn a breakthrough sports training videogame into a fun and interactive assessment and treatment platform for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Continue reading “Innovating for Better Health”
OBI Entrepreneurs are bringing cutting-edge brain research to the masses
As a researcher in the fledgling field of quantum information, Xingxing Xing has always seen his work as a thing of the future. Continue reading “From the Bench to the Bedside”
We know that exercise is good for your heart, your waistline, and your muscles. But did you also know that exercise is really good for your brain?
Exercise has been shown to increase levels of proteins in the brain called “neurotrophins” (for example, BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor). Neurotrophins help protect our brain cells (neurons) against damage and death. Neurotrophins have also been associated with helping the brain grow new neurons, a process called “neurogenesis”. Until recently, we thought that the human brain was unable to make new neurons – that we were stuck with the cells we were born with. We now know, however, that we can grow new neurons. There are several triggers – one is exercise. These new cells are known to develop in a very specific area of the brain, which is important for learning and memory.
So, exercise (and its effects on the brain) helps protect our brain cells and helps grow new ones too. Continue reading “Take Your Brain for a Walk”